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December 7, 2012
The Associated Press

UH set to name new athletic director

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii plans to name its new athletic director today.

The university, in a news release Thursday, said Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple had met with each of two finalists for the job.

A university spokeswoman says that Apple has pledged to keep the identities of candidates confidential.

The successful candidate will replace Jim Donovan, who was given a new post following a bungled concert and athletic department fundraiser after he threatened to sue if he wasn't reinstated as athletic director.


Hawaii governor recovering from surgery

HONOLULU - Gov. Neil Abercrombie's office says the governor is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Abercrombie underwent elective surgery Wednesday to address what his office said was an existing shoulder injury.

His office says he is tending to state business from home and expects to be back in the gym and office soon.

Abercrombie spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy says the only event on Abercrombie's public schedule for today is a National Guard birthday celebration. She says Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will attend on Abercrombie's behalf.


DLNR reopens beach on Kauai after bite

HONOLULU - A beach on the west side of Kauai has been reopened, a day after a man was reported bitten on the foot by a shark.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says a Conservation Enforcement officer went to Pakala Beach on Thursday to monitor the area and warn people about Wednesday's incident. The agency says he did not see any signs of sharks, and shark warning signs that had been posted Wednesday were removed.

Authorities said a 60-year-old man was bitten by a shark at the surfing spot Wednesday.

The man's name has not been released.



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